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USS John Finn completes alpha trials

6th September 2016 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has completed the first round of sea trials for the USS John Finn (DDG 113), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer being built for the US Navy, the company announced on 2 September.

The 29th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer spent three days in the Gulf of Mexico for the sea trials, where the vessel's main propulsion system and other ship systems were tested. The alpha trial was the first of three builder’s trials planned for the vessel.

The US Navy requires three sea trials as part of the restart effort on the DDG 51 programme. USS John Finn is the first destroyer that has been built by Ingalls since it delivered USS William P Lawrence (DDG 110) in 2011.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission ships that can serve power projection, sea control, crisis management and peacetime presence roles. They can simultaneously fight surface, air and subsurface battles.

The company is set to prepare DDG 113 for bravo trials later in 2016.

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